Day 1

The riders say today will be the hardest day of the many to come ahead. I’m not certain if this is true. It is the first of many…
In recognition of National Suicide Prevention Week if you or anyone else you know is dealing with (thoughts of) suicide, for those suffering with a mental illness, know that you are loved, you are not alone, there are many others walking in similar “shoes” as yours.
You can help or hurt, Help and accept help. Open your heart, mind and everything else. The rest will come, in time. There’ll be EPIC and miserable days, enjoy the beauty of the good and bad- it’s a once in a lifetime experience. My father would say, the pain lets you know your alive. I am so proud of you. I love you.

Have fun, catch some fresh air and a frisbee, take a hike or a bike ride… Then start the conversation. Roughly 57.7 million U.S. adults suffer some form of mental disorder, though the number that suffer from serious mental illness is much smaller. Over 33,300, or approximately 11 per 100,000, people died by suicide in the United States, and more than 90 percent of people who kill themselves have a diagnosable mental disorder. “Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time,” a recent report conducted by the National Institute of Mental Health claims. “Nearly half (45 percent) of those with any mental disorder meet criteria for 2 or more disorders, with severity strongly related to comorbidity.” To learn more read the report at

Day 1

National Suicide Prevention Week – September 7 – 13, 2015

National Suicide Prevention Week is the Monday through Sunday surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day, September 10th.

2015 National Suicide Prevention Week: Media and Information Kit

Suicide Prevention Is Everyone’s Business! Want to join us?
Here are a few ways to get started for the week:
Post the 2015 Suicide Prevention Week graphic as your profile picture
Share this message on your Facebook Page and Follow us on Twitter @AASuicidology
Learn the Warning Signs and Risk Factors for Suicide
Make a donation
Host a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Event
Are you a clinician? Take a training!
Are you a school professional? Get Certified!
Contact AAS Central Office with your own creative ideas!
There will be new information on the AAS website throughout the week, so keep checking back!

4 thoughts on “Day 1”

  1. Casey,

    What you are doing is so awesome! We definitely need to let those who are suffering know that it is okay to talk about their depression, OCD, anxiety, and mental illness so they will know that they are not alone.

    I picked my son up from the airport this morning and we got on the conversation of guns. His boss, who will also be his brother-in-law in the next 10 months, asked him to go dove hunting. My son went on to tell me that he can no longer purchase a gun… because of a two-day stint in a mental health facility that he did after one of his suicide attempts. I asked him if he explained this to his future brother-in-law… they will, after all, be family. He emphatically said, “NO.” He said there is no reason to tell anyone about all of that…ever. I hope that there comes a day when he won’t judge himself so harshly for what he went through. I hope he will give himself grace. I hope he will understand that the depression he suffered after the sudden loss of one of his best friends and the subsequent Xanax addiction that prompted the suicide attempts were not his fault. I hope he will see what I see… a courageous young man who fought his way out of hell and won.

    If he and others like him shared their stories, the stigma of mental illness would go away and others could be helped. Feeling alone in the illness makes it worse. So, thank you for your efforts.

    I liked what your dad told you about pain. It reminded me of a quote by Joseph Campbell that says, “In war you are ripped back into being alive. Life is pain; life is suffering; and life is horror- but by God, you are alive.” I don’t think we would appreciate the beauty in our lives without the pain.

    My thoughts are with you and you have my support,


    hope it is going well and you are staying healthy.

    1. Thanks Robin for your note. I hope your son sees that talking is a sign of healing, finds solace in knowing he is not alone and strength in sharing his personal experience. What I’ve learned is that the ride to awareness starts the conversation and that the start is just the beginning of the battle. The saying is it takes a village to raise a child. Let’s make sure we all take responsibility for all our children and then and only then can “no child be left behind”.
      Thanks for sharing and following.

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